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Top 10 West Virginia Trips

Don't let the Mountain State's small size fool you. Its borders hold a wealth of treasures. A trip through West Virginia reveals top attractions and hidden gems around every bend. Photos courtesy of West Virginia Tourism .
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Photo By: Steve Shaluta / WV Commerce

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Eastern Panhandle

Bygone times are amazingly tangible at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, where abolitionist John Brown led an infamous failed arsenal raid. Streets filled with museums and meticulously restored buildings, many offering living history presentations, lead to a charming community with its own attractions. MORE INFO »

Potomac Highlands

One dramatic landmark within the sprawling Monongahela National Forest, Seneca Rocks, attracts countless climbers to its challenging quartzite cliffs. The nod for highest point in the state, however, goes to nearby Spruce Knob, capped by an easy-access observation tower with 360-degree views and surrounded by panoramic trails. MORE INFO »

Northern Panhandle, Wheeling

Nicknamed "The Friendly City," Wheeling knows how to show visitors a good time. Enjoy outdoor events at riverfront Heritage Port – including the Heritage Music Bluesfest – and shows at WesBanco Arena, plus performances at the celebrated Capitol Theatre and Victoria Jamboree. Oglebay Resort, offering outstanding accommodations, amenities and recreation on 1,700 acres – including Good Zoo and Benedum Theater.

New River/Greenbrier Valley, Fayetteville

The entire New River-Greenbrier Valley region is renowned for year-round outdoor activities. More than a dozen state parks, forests and wildlife management areas offer hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, caving, skiing and golf – as well as a multitude of zip-lines, canopy tours and other aerial adventures. BASE jumpers leaping from the New River Gorge Bridge attract crowds on Bridge Day in October. MORE INFO »

Mountaineer Country, Morgantown

Morgantown, home to the West Virginia University Mountaineers, celebrates the past while embracing the future. The burgeoning Wharf District's Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park offers concerts and events. This dynamic town also hosts the Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally and the West Virginia Wine & Jazz Festival. MORE INFO »

Mountain Lakes, Summersville

The pristine waters of this region brim with recreational opportunities. Five major lakes (Summersville, Sutton, Stonewall Jackson, Stonecoal, Burnsville) and miles of rivers and streams offer swimming, snorkeling, boating, water-skiing, kayaking and, of course, world-class fishing for trout, walleye and bass. In autumn, scheduled releases from the Summersville Dam temporarily transform the Gauley River into a renowned whitewater-rafting monster. MORE INFO »

Mid-Ohio Valley, Parkersburg

The serenity of Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, accessible only by sternwheeler, belies a Colonial-era tale of tragedy and scandal. Learn about Harman and Margaret Blennerhassett while touring a re-creation of the extravagant mansion they built in the wilderness, and then tour the lush grounds by horse-drawn carriage.

Metro Valley, Charleston

The eclectic Metro Valley, home to the state's two largest urban hubs, truly offers something for everyone. Charleston, distinguished by the majestic gold-domed State Capitol, and Huntington, where Marshall University's Thundering Herd athletic teams play, encompass a spectrum of cultural and historic destinations. MORE INFO »

Huntington—Heritage Farm Museum

An early American village of original restored log buildings recreates the turn of the century Appalachian life, including a pioneer village with blacksmith shop, antique shop, and bed and breakfast. Collections include antique churns, washing machines, a wood lathe, antique cars and tools, a general store with hundreds of items on display and much more. MORE INFO »

Hatfield-McCoy Mountains

This region offers a wild ride through time and terrain. The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System weaves 600-plus miles of easy-to-extreme off-road trails into craggy hills, through valleys and along ridgetop vistas. ATV, UTV and dirt bike riders have access to ATV-friendly connector towns, enabling them to ride through town to check out homey cafés and attractions like the Matewan Depot Museum. Lincoln County's new Ivy Trail delivers 50 miles of riding specialized for Jeeps and SUVs. MORE INFO »